Designer Gary Graham opened his Tribeca store in 2009 to showcase his ready to wear collections. Gary’s work is influenced by historical references and traditional craft, and he recently partnered with artist Sean Scherer, owner of Kabinett & Kammer, an antique shop in upstate NY. The Kabinett & Kammer at Gary Graham collaboration has transformed the former open black space into a more intimate setting that artfully combines components from both brands. The result is a rich, textured and layered environment, that blends elements, as in Sean’s use of Gary’s textiles to reupholster antique furniture and his sketches used as wallpaper.
Who designed the shop?
GG: The Tribeca store was designed as a black box originally to take the form of a back stage. When I first approached Sean to do a Kabinett and Kammer shop in shop we spoke a lot about different vignettes supporting the clothing and flowing through out the store. He then suggested he re design the store to create a new environment and one better to house our complimentary aesthetics and product offerings.
SS: I felt like there was so much intricacy and detail in Gary’s designs that were getting overpowered by the black space. I wanted to create a lighter cleaner palette for the objects to be seen. I convinced Gary to use some of his sketches as wall paper as to show process . We are both creators and hope that showing how things are made or even conceived will be interesting to the customer. This can also be seen in the upholstery we did where I used Gary’s fabrics and he used some of my vintage fabrics for clothing.
What are you best known for?
GG: I’m mostly known for very romantic dresses, knit wear and jacquards that seem to be cast out of History.
SS: I’m known for a masculine and modern take on 19th century antiques.
Where are the products sourced & made?
GG: My clothing is produced in New York, China, Peru and India.
SS: I’m always searching and buying new product for the stores. I could be in Florida where I just found an amazing mid century Brass folding screen or Paris where I found an 18th century anatomy print.
Who are your customers?
SS: For both of our business’s it is people like ourselves, in the creative fields who want and appreciate something original and handcrafted.
Sean Scherer and Gary Graham,
shopkeepers at Kabinett & Kammer at Gary Graham
Who inspires you?
GG: Women such as Meredith Monk and Kara Walker, women who create their own worlds.
SS: I am constantly inspired by the work of Axel Vervoordt.
What inspires you?
GG: My favorite part of designing is discovering new things whether it be places or people. I enjoy doing research and exploring things further. Currently I am working on an extensive project with an interior textile company and the Rhode Island Historical Society.
SS: Guts and originality in other people who to take a chance.
Before I was a shopkeeper…
GG: I’ve been designing clothes for a long time now and there is this idea that the store can open up other avenues of interest, or be an envelope to house them. That’s why I think this collaboration holds a lot of potential.
SS: I am still an artist, professor and collector as well as a shop keeper.
Which famous person would you like to visit your shop?
GG: Right now I am obsessed with Chloe Pirrie who just played Emily Bronte on Masterpiece Theater and was so brilliant. There are many incredible women who come in the store.
SS: Jasper Johns
Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?
GG: The Smile, its across the street!
SS: Russell’s General Store, Bovina NY.
Can you share five favorite shops?
On the Future of Retail
“Collaboration is the future of not just retail but the world as a whole, and the idea that we are all connected is more relevant than ever before. Our aim is to create a less defined space where fashion and art co habitat, allowing a multitude of inspiration and cross pollination.”
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Shopkeeper photo of Sean Scherer & Gary Graham by Matt Coch Matt Coch Photography